China's ambitious Tianwen-1 mission has travelled more than 15 million km since July, is safely on its way to Mars
The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, and was blasted into space aboard a Long March-5 rocket on 23 July.
The black and white image was captured by the spacecraft some 1.2 million kilometres away from Earth, on 27 July.
China's Tianwen-1 Mars mission: Science objectives, instruments on the first-of-its-kind tech demo to the Red Planet
If successful,Tianwen-1 will be signified as a major technical breakthrough in interplanetary mission technology.
The lander and rover will perform a soft landing on Utopia Planitia, around two to three months after it arrives to Mars.
China launches first Tianwen-1 orbiter-lander-rover mission to Mars today; CNSA yet to confirm success
The launch is an open secret, with CNSA not particularly hiding the relevant information but not being very forthcoming with it either.
The first Chinese mission to Mars, Tianwen-1 will feature an orbiting spacecraft, a lander and a rover.
The name comes from “Tianwen”, or “Questions to Heaven”, a poem written by Qu Yuan who lived more than two millennia ago.